Thursday, 29 June 2017

Judge appointed to head Grenfell fire inquiry

"A recently retired court of appeal judge who specialised in commercial law has been appointed to head the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower. Sir Martin Moore-Bick, 70, only left the bench last December..."

"The former senior judge has in the past been praised by the justice minister, Dominic Raab, for applying `long-awaited common sense` to limit human rights law in a case where he deported a foreign-born criminal whose young children lived in Britain. But Moore-Bick, who is widely respected within the legal profession, will have to gain the confidence of the north Kensington community where the tragedy occurred."

"In one 2014 case, Moore-Bick said Westminster council could rehouse Titina Nzolameso, a single mother with five children, more than 50 miles away in Milton Keynes. He ruled that it was not necessary for Westminster to explain in detail what other accommodation was available and that it could take `a broad range of factors` into account, including the pressures on the council, in deciding what housing was available."

"In April 2015, the supreme court reversed his ruling, pointing out that the council had not asked `any questions aimed at assessing how practicable it would be for the family to move out of the area.`"

Meanwhile the number of dead has crept up to at least 80:
"A six-month-old baby was found dead in her mother’s arms after the Grenfell Tower disaster, in which at least 80 people died or are missing presumed dead, an inquest has heard."
"Leena Belkadi’s body was found in a stairwell between the 19th and 20th floors of the 24-storey high-rise block, Westminster coroner’s court was told."
"The coroner’s officer, Eric Sword, said she was `found in her mother’s arms`. Leena’s sister, Malak, aged eight, who was recovered from the 20th floor, where the family lived, and taken to St Mary’s hospital, also later died. The cause of death for both sisters was given as inhalation of fire fumes."

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